© Kathy Duncan, 2021
Sometime before 1869, Edward Barber (1819 - 1901) divorced his first wife, Martha Giles, for in 1869 he married a widow named Sarah Tison who had two children. They were living in Worth County, Georgia at the time.
Her first husband, Francis Marion Tison, died in a senseless argument over a box of sardines. While the newspaper termed his death a homicide, it seems doubtful that any charges were filed against Robert A. Lomax. So far, I have not located a trial or reference to charges against Lomax. This account appeared in The Weekly Georgia Telegraph on 20 August 1866 and was reprinted from the Albany Patriot of 11 August 1866.
On Thursday evening last, a difficulty occurred between Mr. Robert A. Lomax, of East Albany, and F.M. Tison, of Worth County, in which Tison was instantly killed. The circumstances which led to this unfortunate affair are these: Tison, in company with several friends, had been to Albany on busi- while there he became intoxicated, and in returning home, in company with his friends, they stopped at the store of Mr. Lomax, and Tison bought a box of sardines, and then proffered to treat the crowd to whiskey, if Lemax would credit him. Mr. Lomax replied that he did not do a crediting business, and that he (Tison) had not paid him for the sardines. This seems to have made Tison mad, and he immediately paid for the sardines, and remarked that Lomax was a damned rascal, and that he would not trust him out of sight, etc. After a few angry words being passed, Tison returned to his buggy and started home. He did not proceed but a short distance, before he proposed to turn back and make Lomax retract what he said. His friends tried to persuade him from doing so, but he heeded them not, and immediately returned to the store and commenced cursing Lomax, and drew his pistol and fired twice, the second shot merely touching the underpart of the left ear of Lomax. Lomax then returned the fire with a double-barrel shot gun, through the window of his store, the whole load taking effect in the right lung of Tison, killing him almost instantly.
Such difficulties are to be regretted, but as self-preservation is the first law of nature, Mr. Lomax was perfectly justifiable in committing the deed. - Albany Patriot, 11th.
Initially, F.M. Tison's widow Sarah administered his estate.